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Current crossing point at Penas Blancas New Bridge Facilitates Illegal Immigration Into Costa Rica

The future border crossing checkpoint at the Tablillas community of Los Chiles, in the northern region of the Alajuela province, will not be operational until April 2015. Nonetheless, this formality does not seem to stop illegal immigrants from taking advantage of the new bridge on the Nicaraguan side of the border to illegally cross into Costa Rica. According to a recent news article reported ...

Teacher Teacher’s Day Sparks Political Commotion in Costa Rica

Although World Teacher's Day was celebrated on Sunday, October 5th this year, Costa Rica chooses to observe this important, yet often ignored, holiday on November 22nd. This year, the holiday fell on a Saturday, when most public schools do not operate, so the Ministry of Education (Spanish initials: MEP) decided to celebrate Teacher's Day with a paid holiday break on Friday. Costa Rica is hardl...

LGBT flag Lesbian Kiss Prompts Agitated Protest in Costa Rica

Outside of La Terraza (The Terrace) Restaurant & Bar, a known nightspot located in the heart of San Jose, a group of gender equality activists staged a loud protest on Saturday night as patrons lined up to enter this well-known dancing and drinking establishment. As reported by metro reporter Laura Ruiz of daily newspaper La Prensa Libre, a kiss between a same-gender couple was the reason for ...

Source: Fuerza Publica International Labor Group Comments on Dock Workers Strike

The uncomfortable two-week strike by dock workers in the Caribbean ports of Costa Rica was closely watched by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF). As previously reported by The Costa Rica Star, the ITF was not pleased with the poor handling by the government and by the violent actions that surrounded the strike. Before the strike ended, 400 cruise ship tourists were directly affe...

Coral Princess 400 Tourists Suffered the Dock Workers Strike in Costa Rica

Hundreds of cruise ship tourists who arrived in Costa Rica to explore the natural beauty and hospitality of the Caribbean region were instead trapped in their tour buses for hours as a result of the dock workers strike in the ports of Limon and Moin. The strike, which recently came to an end thanks to the intervention of the Ombudsman, lasted two weeks and was tainted by violence perpetrated by cr...

Source> Wikimedia Commons Dock Workers Strike in Costa Rica Comes to an End

Source> Wikimedia Commons After a lengthy meeting that ran into the late night hours of Wednesday, the government of Costa Rica and the powerful dock workers' union in the Caribbean region signed an agreement to put an end to the strike that started on October 22nd in the ports of Limon and Moin. The strike, which had turned violent and extremely political at times, seemed as if it would ne...

Source: Wikimedia Commons No FARC Operatives in Costa Rica, But Maybe ISIS?

Source: Wikimedia Commons As key officers from the Directorate of Intelligence Services (Spanish initials: DIS) in Costa Rica continue to testify before the Legislative Assembly about the shadowy agency’s questionable budget allocation and spending, lawmakers are beginning to lose their patience. Although the focus of the panel assembled to look into the murky DIS affairs is on major spending ...

Isla Calero station Legislators in Costa Rica Revisit 2010 Google Maps Invasion

Source: WikiMedia Commons The Directorate of Intelligence Services (DIS), a shadowy agency in Costa Rica that operates with barely any oversight, may or may not have known that the infamous “Google Maps Invasion” of Isla Calero by a Nicaraguan Army infantry squad since 2008. Such was a recent report filed by journalist Manuel Sancho of online news daily CRHoy.com. While testifying before th...

Tuna fishing Tuna Fishing Restrictions in Effect in Costa Rica

Longline tuna haul. Source: Greenpeace. By means of an Executive Decree signed on Tuesday by President of Costa Rica Luis Guillermo Solis, parts of the Pacific Ocean are now off limits to commercial tuna fishing. The two main oceanic locations where tuna fishing is absolutely prohibited are the Isla del Coco (Cocos Island) National Park and the Seamount Conservation Area. The National Coast Gu...

Laura Chinchilla Political Parties in Costa Rica are in Shambles

President Solis Even before former presidential candidate Johnny Araya surprised the political sphere in Costa Rica by dropping out of the race that elected President Luis Guillermo Solis in a landslide runoff victory, analysts sensed uncertainty among the ranks of the powerful National Liberation Party (Spanish initials: PLN). Such observations are now being confirmed by a report by Gianluca ...

Water tap Like Water for Guanacaste: Costa Rica Lacks Funding

The province of Guanacaste may be home to the Gold Coast beaches, the Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport, the most expensive communities in Costa Rica, and a thriving expatriate scene, but it comes up way short in one aspect: a reasonable and efficient supply of drinking water. One of the most vexing challenges of the current administration under President Luis Guillermo Solis is to ensure...

Lethal Injection is still used in the United States From Costa Rica, an Emphatic No to Death Penalty

Lethal Injection is still used in the United States Costa Rica is a nation that supports, defends and promotes the defense of human rights around the world. In the matter of the death penalty, the Constitution is clear insofar as human life being inviolable, never to be broken or infringed upon. Such was the message issued by Minister of Foreign Affairs Alejandro Solano last week in commemorat...

President Luis Guillermo Solis Mixed Reactions After 100 Presidential Days in Costa Rica

Source: Casa Presidencial It took a little less than an hour for President Luis Guillermo Solis Rivera to deliver a summary of his first 100 days in office, but the collective time spent by legislators and political analysts commenting on his speech could soon add up to more than 100 hours. As expected by many, President Solis did not have much to say; however, critics pointed out that he coul...

Paul Watson Paul Watson Takes Ice Bucket Challenge; President of Costa Rica Declines

Paul Watson with actress Daryl Hannah. Creative Commons. The ice bucket challenge to raise awareness and funds towards research and treatment of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) has reached the Presidential Office of Costa Rica. Challenged by a radio personality from 104.3 FM (Los 40 Principales or Top 40), President Luis Guillermo Solis respectfully decl...

Source: CONAMAJ Internal Tensions May Affect Immigration in Costa Rica

Source: CONAMAJ Labor disputes and internal bickering between labor unions and immigration officials may complicate the legal status of visitors, perpetual tourists and other foreigners in Costa Rica. At the heart of the issue is an operations manual that aimed to reflect the national security policy of improvement undertaken by the administration of President Laura Chinchilla; alas, it looks ...

GMO Free Legality of Costa Rica’s GMO-Free Cantons Questioned

The Republic of Costa Rica is divided into 81 cantons administered by municipal councils. Over the last few years, 74 of these municipalities have passed ordinances prohibiting the cultivation of transgenic crops and other genetically modified organisms (GMOs). That 90 percent of Costa Rica's territory is transgenic-free is a point of pride for anti-GMO activists; however, some legislators don't t...

Ghaleb Nasar Al Bihani Former Taliban Cook Seeks Asylum in Costa Rica

Ghaleb Nasar Al Bihani Ghaleb Nasar Al Bihani was a religious student in Afghanistan when he was introduced to jihad (the holy struggle of Muslims against infidels that is often hijacked by imbecilic extremists for terror and violence). These days, he practices yoga and Spanish as he dreams of one living in Costa Rica, Spain or Uruguay. First, however, he must somehow obtain a release from the...

More Women Arrested for Drug Trafficking in Costa Rica

Source: Flickr CC Over the last few years, law enforcement agencies in Costa Rica have noticed a sharp increase in the number of women who become involved in drug trafficking. The Drug Control Police (Spanish initials: PCD) reported the arrest of two women found to be in possession of cocaine hydrochloride and byproducts. Both women were detained at ports of entry and exit; for this reason, PC...

Online Petition to Restrict Tuna Fishing in Costa Rica

One of the species affected by seine fishing. The Costa Rican Fishing Federation (Spanish initials: FECOP) has launched an online petition addressed to President Laura Chinchilla asking her to issue a particular Executive Decree before she steps down as Head of State: To prohibit seine-haul fishing of tuna within the first 100 nautical miles of both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. FECOP is a...

Costa Rica Takes Leadership Role Against Torture

Source: Ministry of Justice and Peace President Laura Chinchilla recently signed legislative decree number 9204, which creates a national protocol against torture, cruelty, unusual punishment, and degrading conditions perpetrated against those who are deprived of freedom in Costa Rica. By executing this decree, President Chinchilla explained that she would like to set an example for the intern...